Thursday 23 February 2017

Face of drugged-up bookkeeper who punched pregnant ex leaving her 'bleeding and distraught'

Andrew Phelan

Published 30/09/2015 | 06:39

Robert Byrne, formerly of Cedarfield, Drogheda, charged with assault and criminal damage at the CCJ Dublin.
Robert Byrne, formerly of Cedarfield, Drogheda, charged with assault and criminal damage at the CCJ Dublin.

A Bookkeeper attacked his pregnant ex-girlfriend as she tried to get a bus home, punching her in the mouth, grabbing her throat and pressing his thumb against her eye.

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Robert Byrne (23) had taken a "serious amount of tablets" when he assaulted the woman, leaving her bleeding and distraught.

He followed her on to the bus with a fake travel pass, and after his arrest he "mooned" gardai, a court heard.

Garda Declan Reynolds told Dublin District Court that Sarah O'Hanlon called gardai after Byrne assaulted her.

When they arrived, they found her "dishevelled and upset" and bleeding from cuts. Byrne was trying to speak to her.

They had met at Busaras, and when she went to get her bus he attacked her. He pulled her back and punched her in the mouth.

He pressed his thumb against her right eye, said Garda Reynolds. Byrne had also grabbed her by the neck.

He refused to leave the bus and had to be removed by force.

Remorseful

During arrest, he threw himself against the patrol van, knocking a mirror out of place.

While being escorted out of Store Street Garda Station, he broke a panel in the door.

Outside, he dropped his trousers and "mooned" the gardai.

Byrne was "most remorseful for his behaviour", his lawyer said. He had taken Valium, codeine, Dalmane and alcohol at the time. He was a bookkeeper, but lost his job because of a hand injury.

Byrne, with an address at Cedarfield, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Sarah O'Hanlon at Aston Quay on May 1 8, 2014.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.

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